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Last minute enrollment push saves Camp Rosie for girls in Glendale

July 19, 2013
  • Alexandria Meneses, of Burbank, learns self defense techniques from instructor Nelson Nio at Pacific Community Center in Glendale on Tuesday.
Alexandria Meneses, of Burbank, learns self defense… (Raul Roa/Staff…)

A free camp for teen girls that was hanging in the balance days ago from low enrollment will continue next week after enough participants had signed up for it by Friday, organizers said.

Camp Rosie — hosted by the Commission on the Status of Women — empowers girls on matters of finance, dating and self-defense, in two separate three-week sessions.

Just 18 girls had taken one of the 30 available slots for the summer’s first session. Organizers agreed they would need another 18 to sign up by Friday before canceling the second session all together.

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By mid-week, just 12 teens had done so,but good news came Thursday when a new round of girls enrolled, bringing the total to 22 and saving the second session of camp, which starts Monday.

Commissioner Paula Devine said the increased enrollment was due to “very intense outreach” on every organizer’s part. She also credited the commission’s newest member, Seda Khojayan, who rallied the Armenian Relief Society and Homenetmen Glendale Chapter, among other groups, to recruit teen girls.

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“I talked to many organizations,” Khojayan said. “They worked fast."

-- Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com

Follow on Twitter: @kellymcorrigan.

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